When we were approached to work on the design for the political based web app Ruck.us we were honestly a little skeptical. After all, a political web app? We’ve been involved in building political based websites for candidates for over 5 years now so who could blame us for doing a double take on this project. Turns out the people behind Ruck.us are top-notch, these guys seriously nailed their idea and came to us with a clear idea of what they wanted to do and how they wanted to work to achieve it.
They’ve finally fully launched and to celebrate the launch they got themselves a pretty cool write up on TechCrunch:
Ruck.us users simply visit the site, sign up, and select the issues that are relevant to them individually — whether that’s one issue or 25. As the user pokes around the site and responds to the user-generated questions they come across, the platform serves the user with a “Ruck”, which is the 50, 100, or 250 people (the size is elastic) that share the same viewpoints. The Ruck then constantly changes as the site learns more about the user and their political DNA.
Next, the site establishes a communication feed, in which users can see what their Ruck is discussing, what links and stories they’re sharing, etc., as well as what your group is doing — the actions they’re taking, petitions they’re signing, who they’re donating to, and so on. Again, the focus here is on issues rather than political parties.
The AIGA InShow is a statewide design competition in South Carolina.
Entries are now open and drop-off sites are set up in Columbia 09.16, Charleston 09.12 and Greenville 09.13 to make it easy for us to submit our work. The competition is now open to anyone who works in the design field, not just AIGA members - which is cool.
A little background: the competition was designed to be the “Anti-Addy’s,” meaning that instead of having a huge category structure with many tiers and multiple awards, InShow’s concept was a simple one: You’re either “In” or you’re “Out.” Once submitted, work is divided up by category and three judges from outside of the South Carolina market decide their fate by judging it either “In” or “Out.” Judges are not given quotas, or rigid judging requirements, so the show totals and types of entries vary from year to year.
There are some pretty cool judges this year, who are really hip to interactive work. So you should seriously consider entering this year.
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